Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Model Making

Tips and techniques to make and paint better scale models and plastic kits for model railways, military plastic kits, miniatures and wargaming

Improve your Christmas train set with these 5 charming extras

scale model snow covered tree and snowman
If you have or are planning to have a Hornby OO scale model train running around tree or dinner table this Christmas, bring it to life with these delightful [...]

Make a DIY model painting turntable

make your own model painting turntable
How to make a turntable for model painting. [...]

Don’t let model making put you in hospital

Me wearing the best mask for spray painting
It won't do for me. Now. [...]

Wet pallets: a must have painting accessory

Wet Pallet
If you haven't aren't using a wet pallet you're missing out. [...]

Handy station building resource

Station colours website
A goldmine for station modellers. [...]

Vintage Signs For Your Layout

Old Advertising Sign
Looking for vintage advertising artwork for shop signs and posters on your layout or diorama? This is a fantastic resource. [...]

How to make a glue dispenser

precision glue applicator for model making
Improve the accuracy of glue placement on your models with this DIY precision glue dispenser. [...]

How to apply static grass to miniature bases without applicator?

How to apply static grass to war game miniature bases when you don't have an electric applicator. [...]

How to create a glowing Blue light effect

Glowing blue light effect without using an airbrush
Create those cool glowing Blue light effects on your miniatures without an airbrush.  [...]

Static grass basing – how to make static grass bases for miniatures

grass miniature bases
Give your miniatures a lush green based with this 5 step techniques. [...]

How to make your own common modelling materials

how to make your own model making supplies
Locked down due to Coronavirus? Can't get out to get model making supplies? Here's how you can make your own. [...]

Making an entrance

Morwellham mine in Devon
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance. [...]

15 recycling ideas for model making

cotton buds can be recycled and reused for a model buildings
15 of things from around your house you can recycle and use for model making, wargaming and model railways to save money and environment. [...]

Make a realistic thatched roof

making a thatched roof model
Living in Surrey, I see a lot of thatched roofs. There's no denying their beauty. But recreating them in miniature for a model railway or diorama is [...]

A mystical experience

Philip Reed
What I saw took me back to childhood... [...]

How long after priming can I paint miniatures

Before you get near to painting miniatures, it's recommended that they be primed to provide a better base for subsequent paints to grip to. [...]

How to paint lifelike figure faces

how to paint model figure faces and heads
If there's one element of model making and painting I REALLY struggle with it's face painting. I can never get the results I wanted. This six minute guide [...]

Best humidity to prime miniatures

If you're getting poor results with your mini priming it could be due to the climate, and the humidity in particular. [...]

What materials are Warhammer miniatures made with?

plastic model warhammer 40k
Wonderfully detailed, Games Workshop miniatures are a delight to make and paint but what are they made of? [...]

Air Drying Clay: 7 Tips To Help Make Better Models, Easier and Faster

Tips for working with air-drying clay
Want to use air-drying clay for model making and crafting but put off by your first experiences with it? This is for you. [...]
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